Teaching, learning, juggling with professional and personal life can sometimes feel or seem overwhelming – and before you know it, stress creeps up on you and makes you irritable, tense and less prone to move on, whether tasks and concerns are really taking over your life or whether this is just your perception playing tricks on you.
Here we are to share a few tips with you to relax both your body and mind:
1 – Inhale, Exhale
Breathing is one of those mechanic actions we don’t even think about – and that’s a real pity! By focusing on your breathing technique you can overcome many uncomfortable manifestations of stress. The best way to do this is by slowing down your breathing rhythm, focusing on breathing from the abdomen and gradually bringing your heartbeat down too. I use the technique when…flying, either to prevent a panic attack or to recover from one.
2 – Be Mindful
Focusing your attention on the things around you and your actions (eating, writing, listening to the wind in the foliage…you name it!) is a way to avoid letting your mind and body being swamped in a series of stressful, disturbing thoughts that act as parasites and deplete your levels of positive energy. The aim is to put things into perspectives by shifting your focus. This will also enable you to start afresh once serious tasks do need to get tackled and objectives reached.
3 – Learn How to Visualize
Conjuring up a specific image that makes you happy, serene and relaxed is a good way to transport yourself away into a positive, safe environment, extracting yourself from a possible quagmire and gridlocked situation. This technique is also useful to prepare yourself to face certain situations: the images you reproduce will trigger specific emotions that you may need to develop and learn to use in a positive way when actually needed in life.
4 – Listen to your Body
Listening to your body is a good way to awaken your senses and emotions to better understand them and use them. In order to learn to do so, relaxation through yoga, for example, may be a good solution, just like muscle relaxation that can be easily achieved by contracting and releasing the tension in your muscles.
We are all different – isn’t that the beauty of it tall? – and so we need to remember that we all react differently stimulations, and forms of stress. What may work for me, may not work for you. What is worth doing though, is trying and testing different, simple options that a you can implement and test at your rhythm. The four tips above can be tried separately or can be combined as you please and adapted based on your reaction to each of them and on their effects.
Keep in mind that some fo the organizational tips we shared with you might also help you bring your levels of stress down. It all comes down to finding the solution that meets your needs in the best way possible – think of a “à la carte” menu!
Should you decide to go for any of those listed above – or all of them -, keep us posted, let us know what the benefits were for you.